Upcoming Training

Building and Floor Emergency Coordinator Training

Are you part of your building's evacuation team? Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator in your building? This training is for you! Attend and learn more about your role as a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator. These sessions are open to all BEC's and FEC's.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020           09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   Register here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020              09:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Register here.

For more information on building evacuations visit this page.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator? Attend a fire extinguisher training session and learn how you can respond if you encounter a small fire.

Thursday, February 13                  09:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   Register here.

Thursday, March 12                      3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.       Register here.

Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Emergencies happen! Do you know what to do to be prepared for earthquake, tsunami or other disrupting emergencies? Attend this session and learn more about how you can be prepared in case disaster strikes.

Thursday, January 30, 2020         09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.      Register here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020               1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.          Register here.

Active Threat

An active threat is an emergency event in which an individual with a weapon poses an immediate danger to safety on campus. Learn what steps you can take during an active threat to protect you and those around you.

Wednesday, February 3               3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      Register here.

Thursday, March 5                      2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.      Register here.


Fire Drills 2020

Fire drills in 2020 will be scheduled for dates in May, August and the fall. Each building on campus is required to conduct at least one fire drill per year. Fire drills provide a useful way for building occupants (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to practice safe exiting from the building when the fire bills sound. These drills are a very important training opportunity for the Building and Floor Emergency Coordinators. Fire drills disrupt the building for about 15 minutes once a year. The cooperation and understanding of all is greatly appreciated. 

We completed 93 fire drills on campus in 2019.

Remember: if you hear fire bells, assume it is a real emergency and evacuate the building quickly and safely.


Past Events

ShakeOut 2019 - Thank you!

Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Great British Columbia ShakeOut! Over 1 million people in B.C. participated in someway in this large earthquake drill!

Here at UVic we tested the UVic Emergency Alerts System. UVic Emergency Alerts uses a variety of methods to reach the campus community. No one method is perfect - each method has a different speed of message delivery and way of getting your attention. The goal is to reach enough people that the message is received and shared where you are. During yesterday's test we sent out 20,692 SMS text messages and 34,181 emails! We also tested the new UVic SafetyApp for the first time. All of these communications methods point people to for the most up-to-date information. These tests are done twice a year and correspond to ShakeOut in October and Emergency Preparedness Week in May. Testing is done to verify the systems work and remind people how they can receive information from the university during a significant disrupting event or emergency.  

As part of ShakeOut many instructors chose to do earthquake drills during class (thank you!) Several offices also participated. A drill occurred in Mystic Market and patrons there were encouraged to participate. An information display was staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in the lobby of the University Centre. Finally, that night a fun candy earthquake table was set up in the Commons Buildnig (Residence) and a small group of student ambassadors spread the message about earthquake safety as part of a trivia game.

We thank everyone who helped get the word out about earthquake preparedness. With a 1 in 3 likelihood of a damaging earthquake occurring in Victoria over the next 50 years it is very important that everyone knows how to be safe during an earthquake and how to prepare at home, school or work.

Mark your calendars - the next ShakeOut earthquake drill is October 15th, 2020!

Learn more about ShakeOut here.


Thank you to the hundreds of people who visited the ShakeZone emergeny preparedness fair on campus on Wednesday, September 18, 2019! Many people were able to learn more about the seismic risk here in capital region and, importantly, how to become better prepared!

Thank you to these organizations for setting up displays and sharing their important safety knowledge: Saanich and Oak Bay emergency programs, Canadian Red Cross, Ocean Networks Canada, the UVic School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, PreparedBC, St. John Ambulance, Oak Bay Fire Department, UVic Bookstore and UVic Emergency Planning.